Turnout for Wisconsin spring election for Supreme Court justice tops 18 percent

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MADISON, Wisconsin — Fewer than two out of every 10 possible voters in Wisconsin cast ballots in a state Supreme Court race.

Unofficial results from Tuesday's election show that just over 18 percent of the state's voting-age population participated. That is with 99 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning.

State elections officials had predicted 20 percent turnout.

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley defeated challenger Rock County Circuit Judge James Daley by 16 points. Voters also approved a constitutional amendment to give justices on the court the authority to choose the chief justice, rather than go to the most senior member.

That amendment passed by a 6-point margin. It likely will mean long-time Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson will be replaced.

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